Snowdrop Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Rachelae'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
snowdrop 'Rachelae'


Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Rachelae', commonly known as the autumn snowdrop, is a captivating plant that blooms with striking white flowers. Each blossom typically features three outer petal-like segments that are gracefully elongated, curving gently at the tips. These outer segments enfold shorter inner segments, which often exhibit distinctive green markings that enchant the viewer. The foliage of the autumn snowdrop is slender and strappy, presenting a lush green color. Leaves emerge in tandem with the flowers or shortly afterwards, creating a complementary backdrop to the delicate blooms. The overall form of the plant is clump-forming, with each flower perched atop a solitary, slender stem that arises from a bulb nestled within the earth. Notably, the autumn snowdrop differentiates itself from others in its genus by the timing of its bloom, typically unfurling its petals in the autumn months, a prelude to the onset of winter. Its beguiling simplicity and the purity of its bloom make it a cherished addition to any garden that seeks to celebrate the beauty of the changing seasons.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Queen Olga's Snowdrop, Rachel's Snowdrop

    • Common names

      Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Rachelae'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as Snowdrop is considered to have low toxicity to humans. However, all parts of the Snowdrop contain alkaloid compounds such as galantamine, which can be poisonous if ingested in large quantities. Symptoms of Snowdrop poisoning can include gastrointestinal upset such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In severe cases, ingestion can result in more serious conditions such as dizziness, tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias. Due to its potentially harmful effects, it is advisable to avoid consuming any part of the Snowdrop plant.

    • To pets

      The Snowdrop plant is also toxic to pets, including both cats and dogs. Similar to humans, pets can be poisoned by the alkaloids, including galantamine, present in the plant. Symptoms of Snowdrop poisoning in pets can include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and inappetence. In more severe cases, ingestion can cause seizures, muscle weakness, and changes in heart rate. If a pet consumes any part of the Snowdrop, it is important to seek veterinary attention promptly.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      0.5 feet (15 cm)

    • Spread

      0.5 feet (15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds beauty to gardens with its delicate white flowers.
    • Early Blooming: Flowers in late winter to early spring, providing interest in the garden when few other plants are in bloom.
    • Wildlife Attraction: Attracts pollinators such as bees, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it can tolerate periods of dryness, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Naturalizing: Spreads over time to form drifts, creating a natural woodland aesthetic.
    • Compact Growth: Suitable for small gardens or container planting due to its small size.
    • Cold Hardy: Can survive cold winter temperatures, making it suitable for a variety of climates.
    • Seasonal Interest: Provides a hint of greenery with its foliage even when not in bloom.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Garden Aesthetics: Snowdrop 'Rachelae' is often used to provide visual interest in winter gardens due to its early flowering habit.
    • Naturalizing Woodlands: Snowdrop 'Rachelae' can be planted in woodland settings where they will multiply over time, creating a naturalized aesthetic.
    • Floral Arrangements: The delicate flowers of Snowdrop 'Rachelae' can be included in small floral arrangements or posies for a touch of winter bloom indoors.
    • Bee Forage: Snowdrop 'Rachelae' blooms at a time of year when few other flowers are available, providing an early source of nectar for bees.
    • Winter Photography: Snowdrop 'Rachelae' can serve as a unique subject for photographers who specialize in capturing the beauty of winter gardens and flowers.
    • Snowdrop Festivals: Snowdrop 'Rachelae', like other snowdrop varieties, can be a featured plant in snowdrop festivals and garden tours that take place in late winter to early spring.
    • Educational Tool: Schools and educational programs may use Snowdrop 'Rachelae' to teach about plant life cycles and early spring bloomers in temperate climates.
    • Collector's Specimen: Snowdrop 'Rachelae' may be collected by horticultural enthusiasts specializing in rare or specific cultivars of Galanthus.
    • Cultural Symbol: In some cultures, the snowdrop is a symbol of hope and the arrival of spring, and Snowdrop 'Rachelae' can be used in cultural celebrations or artistic expressions of this theme.
    • Winter Garden Competitions: Snowdrop 'Rachelae' might be incorporated into competition garden displays, particularly those held to showcase winter-blooming plants.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Snowdrop is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Snowdrop is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Hope - Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Rachelae,' commonly known as the snowdrop, is often seen as a symbol of hope because it is one of the first flowers to bloom at the end of winter, signifying the coming of spring.
    • Renewal - The snowdrop symbolizes new beginnings and the renewal of nature as it emerges through the snow, representing rebirth and the cycle of life.
    • Purity - The snowdrop is also associated with purity due to its white, delicate flowers, often linked to innocence and cleanliness in various cultures.
    • Consolation or Comfort - In the language of flowers, snowdrops can represent consolation or comfort, offering solace to those who are grieving or experiencing difficult times.

During active growth water regularly
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    For the snowdrop variety Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Rachelae', water the plant moderately during its active growth in the fall, giving it about 1 to 2 gallons per week, depending on the weather conditions. During the dormant period in the summer, reduce watering significantly and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. It's crucial to avoid waterlogging as snowdrops prefer well-drained soil, which may mean watering less frequently if rainfall is sufficient. During the blooming period in late fall to early winter, ensure the soil is consistently moist but not soggy.

  • sunLight

    Snowdrops, including Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Rachelae', thrive in dappled sunlight or partial shade. They perform best when planted under deciduous trees or shrubs, which provide filtered sunlight and protection from the intense midday sun. The ideal spot would receive morning light and afternoon shade or light that is filtered through a canopy of leaves.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snowdrops, such as Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Rachelae', are cold-hardy and can survive winter temperatures down to 10°F. They prefer a cool to cold climate and will thrive when temperatures range from 30°F to 50°F during their growing season in the fall through to early spring. The ideal temperature conditions are within the cooler end of this spectrum, providing a natural chilling period that is essential for bloom development.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning is not typically required for snowdrops such as Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Rachelae', except for the removal of spent flowers and yellowing foliage after blooming. Deadheading, or removing the faded flowers, can be done once the blooms have faded to maintain a tidy appearance. Tidy up by removing old foliage in late spring once it has yellowed and died back, which allows for better air circulation and reduces the risk of disease.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Snowdrop 'Rachelae' requires well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure. A soil pH of 6.5 to 7.5 is ideal, allowing for a slightly acidic to neutral range. Aim for a loose, humus-rich mix that mimics forest floor conditions where they naturally thrive.

  • plantRepotting

    Snowdrop 'Rachelae' does not need frequent repotting and can often be left undisturbed for several years as they do not enjoy being moved. Repot only when the clumps become overcrowded, typically every 3 to 5 years, after their flowering has finished in the spring.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Snowdrop 'Rachelae' prefers average to high humidity levels but is quite adaptable to different humidity conditions. They thrive outdoors where the humidity naturally fluctuates, but do not have a specific humidity requirement as they are tolerant of varying levels.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and cool temps.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in dappled shade, moist well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      Snowdrop 'Rachelae' is suitable for USDA zones 3-9.

  • circleLife cycle

    The Snowdrop 'Rachelae' (Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Rachelae') begins its life cycle as a dormant bulb, which in late summer to early autumn, starts to break dormancy and develops roots. Following root development, shoots emerge from the bulb, and the plant grows its distinctive narrow, gray-green leaves along with its singular nodding white flowers, typically blooming in the autumn before most other snowdrop species. After pollination, which is carried out by bees and other insects attracted to the flowers, the plant will produce small seed capsules containing seeds which, when mature, are dispersed by ants or by self-sowing. Post flowering, the foliage continues photosynthesis to replenish the bulb's energy reserves until it dies back as the temperatures rise in late spring. The bulb then enters a period of dormancy during the hot summer months, conserving energy until the cycle restarts in the following autumn. Each year, the bulb may produce offsets, creating a slow expansion of the plant colony over time.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most popular method for propagating the Snowdrop 'Rachelae', a variant of Galanthus reginae-olgae, is through dividing its bulb offsets, also known as daughter bulbs. This is generally done during the plant's dormancy period, which typically falls in the late spring or early summer after the foliage has died back. Gardeners carefully dig up the bulbs, taking care not to damage them, and gently separate the offsets from the parent bulb. Each offset, with a portion of the basal plate, is then replanted immediately at the same depth as the original, which is usually about 3 inches (approximately 7.5 centimeters) deep to ensure proper root development and protection from the elements. This method allows the Snowdrop to establish itself in a new location while providing the gardener with additional plants for expanding their collection or sharing with fellow enthusiasts.